DR. CAROLINE CHARPENTIER

I am currently a postdoctoral scholar research associate, fully funded by a NIMH K99 Pathway to Independence award, and working with John O'Doherty, Ralph Adolphs, and Yisong Yue at Caltech. The specific project involves investigating the behavioral, computational and neural mechanisms of social learning, their variation across individuals, and alterations in autism. Before that I was a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow with Benedetto De Martino and John O'Doherty. 

 

completed my PhD at University College London in the UK in 2016, co-supervised by Jon Roiser and Tali Sharot, and working on the interaction between emotion and decision-making.

 

In my research, I develop behavioral tasks, combined with neuroimaging (fMRI) and computational modelling techniques, to study how people learn and make decisions in social contexts and under various affective states. My approach is multidisciplinary, at the interface of behavioral economics, psychology, neuroscience and psychiatry.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Social Learning and Decision-Making

Computational models underlying social learning: how do we learn from observing others? How do we integrate social and experiential learning?

Information-seeking and Curiosity

Motivational biases during information gathering: how do people value knowledge and ignorance?

EDUCATION & TRAINING

2016-Present

California Institute of Technology, USA

Senior Postdoctoral Scholar Research Associate (Sept 2021-)

Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow (May 2020-Aug 2021)

Postdoctoral Scholar in Neuroscience (Oct 2016-April 2020)

Mentors: John O'Doherty, Ralph Adolphs, Yisong Yue, Benedetto De Martino (UCL) 

Emotion and Decision-Making

How do emotions (emotional states, mood, affective disorders) influence decisions?

2011-2016

University College London, UK

MS & PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Advisors: Prof. Jon Roiser & Dr. Tali Sharot.

PhD Thesis: The interaction between emotion and economic decision-making. [PDF]

2008-2011

Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS), Lyon, France

BS & MS in Biology & Biosciences

2006-2008

Lycee Joffre, Montpellier, France

Preparatory School ("Classe Preparatoire aux Grandes Ecoles) for competitive entry into ENS.

Information-seeking in Social Contexts

In today's connected, social media and "fake news" world, what can we do about polarization of opinions, whereby people tend to only seek information from sources and people that agree with them?